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The surprising things you learn when escaping the mundane (hint: it isn’t as mundane as you think).by  

It happens every time we slow down. During this whirlwind, around-the-world trip of ours, usually staying in one place for anywhere from one to four weeks is when I feel it most keenly. But every so often, even three days... Read More

From Chaos to Calm: Finding a Pre-Dinner Routine That Works for Your Familyby  

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer As we head into fall, one of the things that might need some attention and re-working after a more relaxed summer is your pre-dinner and dinner prep routine. This can be a time of day... Read More

21 Days to a More Disciplined Life (plus 100 free copies!)by  

I'm the queen of making lofty goals that never come to fruition. Being a particularly ambitious and driven person, I tend to shoot for the starts. I write up fancy plans, reorganize my schedule, print up pretty calendars and goal... Read More

Day in the Life: Courtney (Homeschool Mom of a Baby, 2, 4, 5, 11 and 14 Year Old)by  

  Courtney has bravely taken on this very first post in our Day in the Life series, where each writer, including myself, will be sharing a typical day in our home throughout the month. Our routines and schedules, our goals,... Read More

Seven Strategies for Having More Productive Daysby  

  Written by Natalie Klejwa, Contributing Writer Ever wake up in the morning overwhelmed with all that needs to get done that day?  You want to pull those covers over your head and pretend those loads of laundry, that dirty... Read More

Seven Strategies for Home Schooling Momsby  

Written by Natalie Klejwa, Guest Writer When my oldest child was three years old, I began one of the most exciting and stretching challenges of my life.  I started home schooling.  Fifteen years later, I am teaching children in the... Read More

Four Steps to a More Peaceful Homeby  

A peaceful home is something many of us long for. A place where relationships are healthy and spirits are happy, where we can rest our weary bones and just be ourselves. There's no denying that creating a peaceful home takes... Read More

How a Visual Schedule is Bringing Order to Our Homeby  

Inspired by Simple Homeschool's article on Creating a Visual Schedule for Kids, I realized that this was exactly what our home needed to bring some much-desired peace and order to our days. Too many times each day, I was being... Read More

3 More Reasons That Cloth Diapering is Easier Than You Thinkby  

Last week, I began to dispel some commonly held myths about cloth diapering. I began with two of the biggest myths, that cloth diapering is more expensive and that it is more disgusting. The reader response was fantastic and I... Read More

My Frugal Beauty Routineby  

A stylin' self-portrait of me in my bathroom seemed right for a post that takes you through a day-in-the-life of my frugal beauty routine. Beauty and skin care doesn't have to be complicated or expensive (or toxic, for that matter).... Read More

Cleaning During Stolen Momentsby  

I wish that I could simply set aside an hour or two each weekday to focus solely on house cleaning, in order to keep my home in tip-top shape. Yet when I try, up pop all manner of interruptions. A toddler... Read More

Getting Back Into a Routine When You’ve Gotten Off Trackby  

Here's how it usually happens: We go through a busy or hard season of life and I get off track of my usual routines, become disorganized, and things feel generally chaotic. So, I spend time putting together an elaborate routine,... Read More

Finding Freedom with Flexible Routinesby  

Written by Stacey T, Contributing Writer Does a “flexible routine” sound like an oxymoron?  Should “freedom” and “routine” exist in the same sentence? Routines can be pegged as being boring, rigid and stiff.  But a little planning and creative thinking... Read More

Creating A Dinner Time Routineby  

Written by Emily McClements, Contributing Writer It's been a long day.  You're tired, the kids are cranky, or needy, or fighting, or all three at once, the house looks like a tornado just passed through, and you look at the... Read More

Routines to Help the Weary Momby  

Written by Beth Corcoran, Contributing Writer I know a lot about exhaustion.  In fact, as I write this, my family is on the mend from the flu.  While I may not have the fever and chills anymore, two weeks of... Read More

Developing the Exercise Habitby  

Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer Every new year many of us vow to exercise regularly and get in shape for good. Some wish to shed the extra pounds that crept on over the holiday season, others want to improve... Read More

My Simple Cast Iron Care Routineby  

Written by Shannon, Contributing Writer For so long I avoided cast iron because I was intimidated by the seasoning and care process that I had read about. Then my husband came home and surprised me one day with a cast... Read More

How to Keep a Clean Home: It’s all About Preventionby  

Written by Emily McClements, Contributing Writer We've been talking about a lot of different natural preventions and remedies here at Keeper of the Home over the past several weeks, but today I'm going to venture off the beaten path a... Read More

Making Mom’s Health A Priorityby  

Guest Post by Leah When my children wake up in the morning, I sometimes chuckle to myself as I’m reminded of some old horse races I used to watch as a child. The whistle blows, the announcer proclaims, “And she’s... Read More

Better Bedtimes for Little Onesby  

Guest Post by Leah Hoffmaster There are few things in life more precious than a sleeping baby. One of my favorite things to do during my children’s infancy was to lay them on my chest and allow my beating heart... Read More

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